September 11, 2018 (MLN): Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with leading businessman Mr. Aqeel Karim Dhedi at Prime Minister’s Office on Monday, 10th September.
The key focus of the meeting was to figure out ways to resolve water scarcity issues in the country to improve the economy. They both agreed on the need to expedite the process of dam construction and believed that more dams were needed to support agriculture sector, as restricting the country towards construction of only one dam would be idiocy.
In the past nothing was done to construct dams and more focus was put on counting the number of dams China and India had, which the PM believed was nothing but a red herring for the government.
Beside water issues, the meeting addressed government’s progress on tackling economic issues. They agreed that the issue of twin deficit was a challenging issue for which the government would be announcing plans very soon.
PM Imran Khan assured that the government will deploy good people in institutions so it could meet its aim to end corruption in all insitutions.
Governor Sindh Mr. Imran Ismail was also present during the meeting.
In a separate meeting on the same day, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and briefed him about the water situation in the country and the future development of water and hydropower sectors.
The Prime Minister underlined the need for construction of dams for not only the conservation of water resources in the country but also for adding low-cost hydel electricity to the national grid.
Terming the construction of Diamer Bhasha and Mohmand dam critical for the country, the Prime Minister reiterated his resolve to spearhead the campaign for construction of the two vital water reservoirs as soon as possible.
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